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It will be Tuesday before Elections Manitoba releases official numbers from this week’s provincial election.
Still to be counted are write-in ballots cast at institutions (hospitals and correctional facilities) across the province, which Elections Manitoba official Mary Skanderbeg says takes some time.
“We have to get (the ballot) from the returning officers, from as far away as Churchill, and then redistribute it to the right electoral division,” she said. “We have to sort them, balance them, make sure we’ve got the right number of envelopes that are sent to each division and then we have to courier them out to them. It takes a couple of days.
“They’ll be counted Friday and the official results will be released on Tuesday.”
The outcome of races that are in a recount situation, as is the case with the NDP’s 29-vote victory in the Winnipeg constituency of Kirkfield Park, could be affected by such counts.
“They’re very anxious for those ballots,” she said.
Though Brandon West PC candidate Reg Helwer’s 146-vote victory over NDP candidate Jim Murray is certainly on Elections Manitoba’s radar as a close race, Skanderbeg noted it’s highly unlikely the results of institutional write-in ballots would sway the vote totals enough that a recount scenario would emerge.
“The chances of reaching (the 50 vote-margin required for an automatic recount) when it’s 146 now are slim, but I guess there’s still a possibility,” she said.
Elections Manitoba pegs unofficial voter turnout in Brandon for Tuesday’s election at 58.8 per cent, though that number does not count the institutional ballots or anyone that swore onto the voters list at their respective polling station on election day.
However, unofficial statistics, as released by Elections Manitoba, in Brandon East and West are as follows:
• Unofficial overall voter turnout of 6,991 people or 55.3 per cent.
• Drew Caldwell (NDP) — 3,823
• Mike Waddell (Progressive
Conservative) — 2,694
• Shaun Cameron (Liberal) — 271
• Vanda Fleury (Green) — 175
• 23 rejected ballots and five declined ballots also cast.
• Unofficial overall voter turnout of 8,712 people or 61.9 percent.
• Reg Helwer (Progressive
Conservative) — 4,219
• Jim Murray (NDP) — 4,073
• George Buri (Liberal) — 378
• 30 rejected ballots and 12 declined ballots also cast.